Latest news headlines-February 28 2017 Petitioner taken to task over Auditor General ouster bid

Latest news headlines-February 28 2017 Petitioner taken to task over Auditor General ouster bid

Petitioner taken to task over Auditor General ouster bid

Lawyer Emmanuel Mwagambo Mwagonah was on Tuesday, February 28 taken to task over his petition seeking to have the Auditor General Edward Ouko removed from office. Mr Mwagambo who appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Finance chaired by Ainamoi MP Benjamin Lagat made his case against Ouko accusing him of nepotism, failure to give annual reports and abuse of office.

But MPs especially those from the opposition did not take the claims lightly and gave the lawyer a difficult time while accusing him of working for ‘some people’.

“You’re a gun for a hire. You have no ground to remove the auditor general,” fired Nyando’s Fred Outa as most of the opposition MPs who had thronged the room threatened to disrupt the proceedings.

“The petitioner need to disclose who has instructed him to file this petition,” Oburu Oginga (Nominated) said.

Early this month, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions cleared Ouko from the claims the petitioner had brought up and the opposition MPs were quick to point at the matter.

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It took the intervention of Johson Sakaja (Nominated) to cool down the MPs. Mr Sakaja reminded his colleague that the matter was procedurally before them and they needed to remain sober and discharge their mandate.

Petitioner Mwagambo Mwagonah (centre) when he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Finance on February 28

Auditor General Edward Ouko (in blue tie) sits pensively as he follows proceedings of the Parliamentary Committee on Finance on February 28

Massive security operation launched against cattle rustlers of Kerio Valley

The Kerio Valley belt that covers parts of Baringo North, Marakwet and Pokot will be gazetted as “a dangerous area” to pave way for a security operation to eliminate cattle rustling.

Deputy President William Ruto says the operation will begin immediately under one command.

“Those who have crossed over to neighbouring counties or sub-counties and displaced its owners will be driven back to their homes,” warned Ruto.

He added: “We will not allow people to raid others homes and occupy them in the pretext of searching for pasture.”

Ruto also said the government would protect police officers discharging their duties in accordance with the law against external interference.

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He said more security camps would be established in Kapkobil, Kabetwa, Murkutwo and Kaben among other areas that had witnessed cattle rustling.

The DP at the same time asked leaders to stop politicising issues of security along the Kerio Valley.

Deputy President William Ruto addresses security officers at Chesongoch in Elgeyo Marakwet County on February 27, 2017. (Photo:Charles Kimani| DPPS)

























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